Sexual assault

E Jean Carroll, smiling, outside a courtroom.

The Pain and Paradox of E. Jean Carroll’s Crusade Against Trump The Pain and Paradox of E. Jean Carroll’s Crusade Against Trump

In her second go-round, seeking damages for his lies about her, the accomplished journalist had to prove she was damaged.

Jan 19, 2024 / Joan Walsh

Holly Maguigan stands at a podium smiling, giving a speech.

When Women Fought Back: Holly Maguigan’s Legacy in the Law When Women Fought Back: Holly Maguigan’s Legacy in the Law

Her work forced the law to embrace a feminist conception of danger, threat, and defending yourself and your family.

Dec 14, 2023 / Katherine Franke

Protesters hold a banner reading

The Architect of the Adult Survivors Act Talks About Bringing Justice and What’s Next The Architect of the Adult Survivors Act Talks About Bringing Justice and What’s Next

The Adult Survivors Act opened a one-year window for people who suffered sexual abuse to bring civil suits against their abusers—and nearly 3,000 people did so.

Nov 30, 2023 / Joan Walsh

Young person holds a poster that reads

I Founded Student Activists Against Sexual Assault. A New Lawsuit Could Make My Work Impossible. I Founded Student Activists Against Sexual Assault. A New Lawsuit Could Make My Work Impossible.

A defamation suit against leaders of an anti–sexual assault campus group could allow assailants to weaponize the court system against advocates.

Aug 14, 2023 / Ray Epstein

How Jeffrey Epstein Captivated Harvard

How Jeffrey Epstein Captivated Harvard How Jeffrey Epstein Captivated Harvard

And how the university has yet to give a full accounting.

Jul 24, 2023 / Feature / Michael Massing

E. Jean Carroll, smiling, holds hands with her attorney, Roberta Kaplan, at her side, as they leave a court house.

E. Jean Carroll’s Big Win for Women E. Jean Carroll’s Big Win for Women

It turns out Trump couldn’t sexually abuse someone on Fifth Avenue and get away with it.

May 10, 2023 / Joan Walsh

E. Jean Carroll outside Manhattan federal court house surrounded by a scrum of people, one holding a sign saying

Donald Trump Is Proud of Being a Sexual Predator Donald Trump Is Proud of Being a Sexual Predator

In his video deposition for E. Jean Carroll’s defamation suit, he displayed an arrogant misogyny that didn’t help his defense. He doesn’t care.

May 5, 2023 / Joan Walsh

Reporters outside the front doors of the Los Angeles Criminal court.

What Justice Really Means for Sexual Assault Survivors What Justice Really Means for Sexual Assault Survivors

Making an example of Harvey Weinstein, recently sentenced to prison, sends a message to the community that tolerated such abuses for years. But it may provide cold comfort to survi...

Mar 21, 2023 / Judith L. Herman

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Change Can’t Wait: Students Protest Sexual Violence at American University Change Can’t Wait: Students Protest Sexual Violence at American University

After an intruder sexually assaulted a dorm resident, students at American University walked out en masse to expose their school’s inaction.

Dec 7, 2022 / StudentNation / Finley Muratova and Enrique Colon

Title IX Protest

How University Title IX Offices Fail Survivors How University Title IX Offices Fail Survivors

In 2014, an investigation by the Department of Education found that Princeton’s response to complaints of sexual violence violated Title IX. How much has changed since?

Nov 18, 2022 / StudentNation / Hannah Reynolds and Jessica Lambert

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